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News Archive - August 2008

A grateful Monty gets bowled over by Briggs & Forrester’s support 29 August 2008
England’s cricket hero and star spin bowler Monty Panesar regularly plays for Northamptonshire County cricket club and will sport the Briggs & Forrester name across his chest when playing for his regional team.

Daikin Europe buys German heating manufacturer Rotex 29 August 2008
Daikin Europe N.V has agreed to buy Rotex Group Companies, headquartered in Güglingen, Germany.

HSE awards Capita gas scheme contract 29 August 2008
The Health and Safety Executive today announced it was awarding the gas installer registration scheme contract to Capita Group Plc (CAPITA).

The apprentice struggles to find a place in tough climate 28 August 2008
Major changes have been made to the structure of apprenticeships but thousands of apprentices are still being denied placements from the construction industry's employers.

Thor gets green light to build CHP station 28 August 2008
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has given the go ahead to Thor Cogeneration to build a 1,020 megawatt gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) station in Seal Sands, Teesside.

Taylor Wimpey suffers £1.5 billon loss 27 August 2008
The UK’s largest housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey has slapped its shareholders with a £1.5bn loss and cancelled its interim dividend.

Remember September's London HEVAR 08 26 August 2008
September's London HEVAR 2008 is hosting a CPD accredited seminar programme for building services professionals to debate the industry's hottest issues.

Tyre production stopped in tracks by boiler breakdown 26 August 2008
TYRE production has ground to a halt at Pirelli's UK tyre factories because of a boiler malfunction.

UK firms are taking longer to pay bills 22 August 2008
UK businesses are now settling their bills almost four weeks after their agreed payment dates according to research by Experian.

Euroheat opens biomass training centre 22 August 2008
Heating stove distributor Euroheat has opened a biomass training centre and showroom in Bishops Frome, Worcestershire.

Palamarczuk heads up W Meier humidification 20 August 2008
Walter Meier (Climate UK) has appointed Roger Palamarczuk to head up the company’s humidification division, with effect from 4th August 2008.

HVCA launches CHP and biofuel installation guides 20 August 2008
HVCA Publications, the publishing division of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association, has launched two guides to good practice for the Installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) (TR/37) and the Installation of Biofuel Heating (TR/38).

Credit insurance warning for construction 19 August 2008
The construction sector could be refused credit insurance, which covers bad debt following the insolvency of a customer.

Durapipe UK trains next generation in plastics 18 August 2008
Durapipe UK is responding to the increasing interest in plastic piping systems by offering colleges and universities free training packs which outline the benefits of plastic systems.

LSC Survey: Training boosts staff loyalty 18 August 2008
A SURVEY of 79,000 employers carried out by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) revealed a third of construction firms don’t train their staff – leading to more unfilled vacancies (40%) in that industry than any other.

100 hours to cut carbon and prepare for energy certification 18 August 2008
CIBSE has launched a new campaign offering guidance to help cut the cost of EPCs & DECs, in return for a commitment to pledge 100 staff hours to dedicate to energy reducing activities.

Wolseley UK creates three new divisions 15 August 2008
Wolseley UK has brought its lightside plumbing and heating businesses under a new Lightside division and has reorganised its other businesses into two more divisions Heavyside, and Commercial and Industrial.

Growing number prefer Barbara the builder to Bob 15 August 2008
Forget the Mario brothers, it looks like the Maria sisters are the plumbers more and more householders would prefer to see wielding a wrench in their home, and a builder named Barbara may be more welcome than Bob the builder, according to a recent poll.

Carillion fined nearly £100,000 for safety breach 15 August 2008
Carillion JM was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay £24,000 in costs at Maidstone Crown court for failing to protect an employee who died at work after falling 17 metres.

Johnson Controls competes for top place at Olympics 14 August 2008
Johnson Controls' technology is being used at the "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium and many other games venues in Beijing.

Armstrong appoints a global green director 14 August 2008
Steve Cooper, managing director of Armstrong Integrated Systems, has been appointed global director of renewables and sustainability for pump manufacturer Armstrong.

Vaillant appoints Ryan ACS as distributor 13 August 2008
Ryan Air Conditioning Spares has become Vaillant’s main air conditioning distributor in the Manchester region.

HETAS to offer MCS 13 August 2008
HETAS is expanding its appliance approval and installer schemes to cover the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Wendon becomes HEVAC president 11 August 2008
The new president of HEVAC, the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association, is Paul Wendon of Fläkt Woods.

ABS dives in to cheer Olympic hope Tom Daley 11 August 2008
Tom Daley, the young British diver competiting in the Beijing Olympics, was cheered on by his uncle and sponsor Kevin Selvester, director of the building services contractor ABS.

Skerritt opens Birmingham base 08 August 2008
M&E contractor Skerritt has unveiled new offices in the West Midlands.

Police hunt for Wolseley's boiler burglars 08 August 2008
Thieves made off with six boilers in a night-time raid on a Wolseley distribution center- the second heist carried out at the site that week.

Broag Remeha awards top gas pupil 07 August 2008

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Broag-Remeha have crowned Matthew Housley the student of the year at New College in Nottingham.

OFTEC launches renewables scheme 07 August 2008

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Stowmarket-based installer David Brown of E & D Boiler Maintenance has become the first person to be approved under the Oil Firing Technical Association's (OFTEC) newly launched renewables registration scheme.

E.ON agrees to buy MVV Polska 07 August 2008
Energy giant E.ON edis energia is to acquire MVV Polska, the Polish operations of MVV Energie AG.

Remember 5th November for pay claim classes 06 August 2008
Specialist contractors keen to understand how to use the adjudication process to claim a payment they are owed can attend a half-day seminar on the subject.

ACRIB asks industry to respond to F-Gas consultation 05 August 2008
THE ACR industry is being called on to shape an effective UK registration scheme by responding to DEFRA's F-gas consultation.

Hungry bear buys Fenhams for £7.5m 05 August 2008
Fenhams, the family-run heating manufacturer based in Newcastle, is to be bought by the industrial engineering group Southern Bear Plc.

Rogue gas man fined £26k for endangering elderly 04 August 2008
A man has been fined £13,998 plus £12,212 court costs for his unlicensed gas work at homes of elderly and vulnerable residents.

Collins named BEST apprentice 01 August 2008
Four BEST apprentices have been honoured at this year’s Newham College Awards for building services engineering (BSE).